Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not

Music CD - 2006
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Reportedly the fastest-selling debut in British history at the time of its early-2006 release, the Arctic Monkeys' WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT is a brash, hook-filled album that immediately warrants music fans' attention, if perhaps not all of the pre-release hype. Clearly taking notes on the evolution of U.K. punk, the Sheffield-based band reveal the influence of revered predecessors such as the Jam and the Clash, while most notably evoking the Libertines in their youthful, hood-rat persona. On this hyperactive 13-track set, singer/guitarist Alex Turner is armed with an arsenal of sharply observed middle-class narratives (a la the Streets), which are propelled by wiry guitar lines and formidable rhythms that, at times, verge on funk (see Bloc Party). Highlights of this much-lauded disc include the raucous ""I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,"" the woozy ""Riot Van"" (one of the record's few quieter moments), and the lurching ""When the Sun Goes Down."" Like Franz Ferdinand's scruffier (and considerably less effete) kid brothers, the Arctic Monkeys prove that the hyperbole of the U.K. music press occasionally has roots in an impressive reality.

Publisher: [S.l.] : Domino, p2006
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

oh I'm so tense, never tenser, could all go a bit Frank Spencer

p
pie
Jun 25, 2008

Said this town's a different town to what it was last night, you couldn't have done that on a Sunday

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Got too deep, but how deep is...too deep?

p
pie
Jun 25, 2008

I said a thousand million things that I could never say this morning

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

I've seen your frown and it's like looking down the barrel of a gun...and it goes off

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Anticipation has a habit to set you up for disappointment....

p
pie
Jun 25, 2008

Put on your dancing shoes, there's one thing on your mind

p
pie
Jun 25, 2008

He's infected but he'll be alright 'cause he's a scumbag, don't you know?

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

He told Roxanne to put on her red lights

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eiknarf
Nov 04, 2014

When this came out it was early in the new wave of 2000s jangly + crunchy guitars plus snide but clever lyrics from Brit punk/pop scene. Melodies are well-represented and the songs are all finely assembled. Obviously, Arctic Monkeys have continued to do well (if not flourish). Definitely recommended listening, especially keeping in mind the time period. Every song viable. The young ones!

Northbrook_Andy Feb 07, 2011

Factoid: in its first week in the UK, it sold more copies than the rest of the top 20 combined!

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

An excellent, excellent debut album from this band. A lot of single worthy tracks that will keep you wanting more. Definitely check this out. My picks off this album are Dancefloor, Afternoon, Mardy, Certain Romance, Ritz and Still Take You Home

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Coarse Language: sublte

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